In high school a new kind of relationship is added to a young girl’s life, it is called boyfriend. Decades before the dating compatibility tests and surveys the astringent qualification process depended on cool, cute, thin, wavy long hair, nice teeth and he must look like a particular celebrity. Becky, a young girl in the Philippines in the 60’s found her match, several times.
The first guy was a literal boy next door, Willy. He was thin (had asthma), wore glasses (looked like Derek Leckenby of Herman’s Hermits), has a father in jail but that was not a big deal. Becky was energetic physically, assertive emotionally and sharp intellectually. Willy could not keep up with her due to his health condition and poor family background both of which did not matter to the young lady. Willy dumped her.
The second BF was Hal, 21, a working college student. Hal looked like David Jones of the Monkees if the actor/singer was a Filipino. He has a gold tooth Becky loved, she has one too, a match made in dental heaven. She was so eager to start dating that she couldn’t wait for him to ask her out. She actually brought it up to reassure him that it’s alright. She figured he must be apprehensive because she was 13. They met up secretly and went to a movie where she waited for the first make out of her life. It did not happen. It simply shows that even without a statutory rape law men actually know when it’s wrong. Hal dumped her.
The third BF was James, 15, a tall, dark and thin elder brother of Becky’s best friend/classmate. He has wavy hair, nice teeth and he looked like George Harrison with his starter mustache Filipinos call “balahibong pusa” which means soft as a kitty’s fur. This was the point where the mustache was added as a criterion for judging. James can dance and they went to dance parties. He was her first kiss when her nanny was not looking and her date to her graduation party. For unexplained reason, James dumped her that summer vacation.
The fourth BF was Ely, 18, a fellow member of a college organization. He has a mustache though not as kitty soft, wore a French beret because he was a fan of Che Guevara, every guy in campus was at that time. He has nice looking buck teeth which Becky loved. He was her BF during org events but he never took her on a date or tried to make out. Ely dumped her again for an unexplained reason.
The fifth BF, Eddie, 19, was an aspiring hitman with a shiny cal. 45 tucked in his belt. He looked like Christopher de Leon with a full beard and mustache Filipinos call “balbas sarado”. He upstaged all the previous facial hair. Becky was excited by the fact that she was making out with a gunman. He was very sexual and that kept Becky going for two years. Then life got real and the excitement wore off. Becky dumped the macho BF and married a guy who looked like Joey Marquez including the receding hair line and not a strand of facial hair. And they lived unhappily ever after.
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